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Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Sitter:
Martin Van Buren, 5 Dec 1782 - 24 Jul 1862  Search this
Medium:
Half-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Case Open: 15.5 × 24.8cm (6 1/8 × 9 3/4")
Case Closed: 15.5 × 12.2cm (6 1/8 × 4 13/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1852
Exhibition Label:
Born Kinderhook, New York
Known as “the Little Magician” for his skill in adroitly navigating the political landscape, Martin Van Buren rose to prominence through a series of elective offices in New York State. After serving as vice president during Andrew Jackson’s second term (1833–37), he was elected president in 1836.
By one account, Van Buren kept his portrait appointment with Brady even though a terrible storm was raging. When Brady asked the former president why he had braved such weather to come to the gallery, Van Buren declared that he never broke an engagement if it were at all possible to keep it.
Nacido en Kinderhook, New York
Conocido como “el Pequeño Mago” por su gran habilidad para navegar el mar de la política, Martin Van Buren fue alcanzando prominencia a través de una serie de puestos electivos en el estado de New York. Luego de servir como vicepresidente en el segundo término de Andrew Jackson (1833–37), fue elegido presidente en 1836.
Dice un relato que Van Buren honró su cita con Brady para hacerse un retrato incluso en medio de una tormenta horrible. Al preguntar Brady al entonces expresidente por qué había desafiado un tiempo tan malo para llegar a la galería, Van Buren contestó que nunca cancelaba un compromiso si existía la menor posibilidad de honrarlo.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Cased object  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Male  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York  Search this
Martin Van Buren: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\New York  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.76.104
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.76.104